With regard to the letter in February’s Motor Sport from M. Gregory, I am surprised that Chrysler UK should deny knowledge of such a vehicle since two, at least, examples did exist.
During 1967 as pan of my apprenticeship with Chrysler, I spent some months at the Rootes depot at Labroke Hall (now Warwick Wright Motors, Hanby Rd., W10) and helped service a Super Snipe fitted with a Chrysler V8 engine and automatic gearbox. This I believe was operated by a member of the Rootes family.
About a year later I was completing my apprenticeship in the Development Dept. and at that time another V8-engined Snipe was being used as a support car trailing development cars to such test areas as MIRA.
Opinions varied on why these cars were built. Some said they were specials purely for the Rootes family, others that they were the fore-runners of a new model, but the idea had been shelved.
If Mr. Gregory requires any further details I could put him in touch with colleagues still with Chrysler who may he able to assist assuming the files still exist.
Staffs. A.S. CAMPBELL